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Isaiah Boone

  • Growth
I try to listen first. I find that I can be more helpful by trying to intently understand someone's perspective.

Backstory

I grew up in the Bay Area, living in Oakland and attending school in San Francisco. Among others, consistency was a core value I internalized early on. My mom woke up early every morning to drive my siblings and me to school, go to work, then come back to pick us up. At one point, she did all of this while also going to law school. Seeing that day in and day out has always helped me keep things in perspective.

After college, I found my way into investing, which I quickly realized I had a passion for. I like trying to understand the drivers of a business at the most granular level. Sometimes, I get too far down in the weeds of it all, but it’s one of my favorite parts of what we do. I didn’t plan on a career in venture capital before joining Sequoia, but getting to work with founders shaping the future and a team relentlessly focused on helping them—that really appealed to me.

On the lookout for

One of the amazing things about startups is that you don’t know where or who they’re going to come from—the world moves fast and the most important thing you can do is learn and evolve your thinking. I tend to focus on the founder, their insight and the potential size of the opportunity if everything goes right. Whether it’s lowering barriers to develop software or the explosion of data, we are still in the early innings of many massive shifts and I’m excited to meet the founders taking us to the next step.

I have a lot of admiration for the founders we get to work with. They balance an ambitious, future-focused view with an aggressive roadmap of how to get there. The companies that succeed aren’t built overnight. Founder-market fit is often mentioned at Sequoia. It is special to see the right person tackling the right problem.

Get in touch with Isaiah

Personal Side

  • Family time
  • Reading
  • Pickup basketball
  • Aim High

Companies

Current Companies

  • Acelerate's marketplace helps restaurateurs run additional services from their existing kitchens.
    Current Stage

    Early

    Partners

    Ravi Gupta,
    Isaiah Boone

    Partnered In

    2021

  • Faire is the leading wholesale marketplace, connecting independent retailers and brands all over the world.
    Current Stage

    Growth

    Partners

    Alfred Lin,
    Ravi Gupta,
    Isaiah Boone

    Partnered In

    2017

  • Meter provides internet infrastructure for businesses.
    Current Stage

    Growth

    Partners

    Ravi Gupta,
    Isaiah Boone

    Partnered In

    2022